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MegaCats by Jonathon Burgess

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MEGACATS Jonathon Burgess Martin hated standing in line. At least a dozen others waited to use the bulky alien Maker-machine. They tapped their feet impatiently, wearing whatever had been handy when the news went out. Kids chattered in excitement, comparing their hand-drawn designs with all the excitement of Christmas arriving on a warm June morning.…

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The First Martian Church of God by David Wiley

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THE FIRST MARTIAN CHURCH OF GOD David Wiley “Did you hear the big news,” Smith asked Spender, “about how the NASA Colonization team discovered life on Mars?” Spender stopped stirring his coffee, the black stick swirling in concentric circles on its own through the cloudy concoction. He set the cup down and licked his lips.…

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Rolli and Curve by James Fitzsimmons

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ROLLI AND CURVE James Fitzsimmons “Do poachers know when they are killing intelligent life?” Dr. Jan Dobbs’ necklace translated aloud as she silently tapped the tip of her tongue to the roof of her mouth in code. Commander Paul Benevidez’ eyes glanced at Jan’s cleavage and then toured her skintight black dress. He refilled her…

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Catch a Falling Star by Edward M. Lerner

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CATCH A FALLING STAR Edward M. Lerner 2158 End over end, leisurely, the vaguely potato-shaped object rolled. Up close, the rock’s sunlit face shone brightly. As it tumbled, craters and rocky outcroppings materialized from and disappeared into pitch-black shadows. The apparent undulation of the surface was further complicated by the approaching ship’s own slow rotation,…

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